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Each of the 12 folders contains a sound clip, a transcript and a set of suggested discussion points based around common features of spoken English that are illustrated in the sound clips. There are links to a glossary where the features of spoken English are briefly explained, and links to related articles summarised in the Linguistics Research Digest (http://linguistics-research-digest.blogspot.com/). In most cases the sound clip is from informal conversations between two friends and a fieldworker.

The discussion points include:

  • address terms (folder 7)
  • backchannels (minimal responses) (folders 1, 2, 3)
  • clause combining (folders 2, 6, 12)
  • deixis (folders 3, 5, 10, 12)
  • conversational historical present tense (folders 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
  • discourse markers (folders 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
  • general extenders (folders 1, 5, 8)
  • hedges (folders 6, 9, 12)
  • intensifiers (folders 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • narrative structure (folders 6, 9)
  • nonstandard grammar (folders 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
  • non-fluency features (folders 1, 2, 3, 4, 12)
  • pronunciation (folders 2, 6, 7)
  • quotative expressions (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • rhetorical strategies (folders 1, 4, 5, 7, 12)
  • turn-taking (folder 2)
  • vague language (folder 4)
  • vocabulary, including slang (folders 7, 8, 9, 10)
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